Citizens Report: Your Weekly E-Newsletter


New Hampshire House Election Law Committee debates limiting free speech

In recent weeks, Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire has been closely following the progress of Senate Bill 120.


In short, this bill would restrict the free speech rights of groups like ours that are committed to educating and informing citizens like you about the actions of our elected officials. If signed into law, it would severely limit our ability to inform you about how your representative votes while in Washington or in Concord. 


We believe that this legislation is a violation of every American's First Amendment rights. However, we need your help to stop it. Please contact the members of the House Election Law Committee and ask them to send this bill to interim study or find it "inexpedient to legislate."  


HERE is a link to the House Election Law Committee Members and their contact information. 


The New Hampshire House passes an increase in the Gas Tax


On Wednesday, the New Hampshire House passed Senate Bill 367. If signed into law as currently written, it would increase the Gas Tax by 23% to 22 cents per gallon. The bill passed with a vote of 193 - 141. The bill had previously passed the State Senate with a vote of 15 - 9.

In case you missed it, Matthew Murphy, Executive Director for Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire, had an op-ed in opposition to raising the Gas Tax published in the NHJournal last week. Our organization has also testified in opposition to the bill in committee in both the State House and State Senate.   
We are incredibly disappointed in the New Hampshire House for once again siding with tax and spend Governor Maggie Hassan. With the passage of SB 367, families will be forced to pay even more when they fill up their tanks. However, the hit will be twofold as they also absorb the burden of increased costs for goods and services passed on from small businesses that use vehicles for transport.

The last thing New Hampshire families need right now is to have more money taken out of their wallets and pocketbooks. Our legislators in Concord have a responsibility to explore all options before considering a tax increase on their constituents. Sadly, they continue to ignore that obligation. Instead of passing Senate Bill 367, they should have taken a hard look at where current revenue is being spent, make the tough decisions to cut when necessary, and only fund our priorities. That's exactly what New Hampshire families do every day.


Weekly Phone Banks in Manchester
Beginning next Thursday evening, Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire will be holding weekly phone banks in our Manchester office.

From 5:30pm - 8:30pm, you can join Granite Staters like you as we contact New Hampshire residents to discuss the important issues facing them and their families.

Please email Matthew Murphy or John Miller if you can participate in next week's phone bank on Thursday evening.  
Your contributions keep us going!
It's because of the support we get from Granite Staters like you that we are able to focus on the issues you care about every day. With your contributions, we are able to work hard at holding our elected officials accountable.  However, without your donations, we wouldn't be able to keep our office staffed, our web videos produced, or radio and TV commercials on the air.
Whether it is $25, $50, $100, $500 or more, if you are able to contribute financialy to our efforts, we would greatly appreciate it.

Laugh of the week    
Some humor for your Friday. Have a great weekend, Granite Staters!